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Strings Unattached

An evening comprising three pieces, whose only connection is that they are accompanied live on stage by violin or cello.

What I see is what I get
Inspired by a passage from the Rig Veda (ancient text of Hindu wisdom) we follow the torment of a solo dancer as she descends into the pit of addiction, staking everything on the next roll of the dice. But from despair, a strange and loving wisdom emerges…

Past / Present
A courtesan reflects on the passage of time and the ephemeral nature of love and passion in this interpretation of a 17th century South Indian love poem. She is brought face-to-face with herself and her own desire—this is presented as a moving and tender duet.

 Past Present manipulates gesture and grammar from (Bharatanatyam, classical dance from South India) and upends traditional symbols by exploring the dance form through a modern interpretation.  The music is inspired by Marwa, a North Indian raaga.

Based on a play by US feminist writer Jane Shepard, this group piece explores the relationship between two sisters—one living, one dead. The past and present are interwoven into a complex, sometimes violent fabric that challenges notions of family, self and love.

World premiere: 2004, Joyce Soho Season, New York, NY 

Strings Unattached was commissioned by Joyce Soho Season


Choreography: Preeti Vasudevan

Music: Ben Foskett, David Eggar

Lighting: Les Dickert

Costumes: Rosula Blanc, Joy Havens, Preeti Vasudevan

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